The future Stellantis group, resulting from the PSA and FCA merger, will have to choose between the platforms for its future electric cars, for example abandoning the basis of the Fiat 500.
A merger between two auto giants is no easy task. Announced in early 2020, the one between the French PSA and the Italian-American FCA will give birth to the Stellantis automotive galaxy. A merger synonymous with synergies but also redundancy in certain areas of activity, particularly in the field of electric cars.
For small electrics: PSA
The first conflict is that of small electric cars. At PSA, the eCMP modular base of the Peugeot e-208 or DS3 Crossback E-Tense faces that of the new Fiat 500 at FCA. The choice was not, however, difficult.
The French platform was born first, gives more volume and also allows thermal engines. For its part, the Italian base is lagging behind even if it allows more autonomy at a comparable size.
Thus, the new generation Cinquecento will be the only automobile on the FCA basis reports AutomotiveNews. Future electric Fiat Panda, 500L, Lancia Ypsilon and small Alfa Romeo / Jeep SUVs will use PSA’s eCMP base. This would also make it possible to easily resuscitate the Fiat Punto, why not in electric Punto e.
For large electrics: both!
In August, PSA presented its new eVMP platform. Dedicated to large vehicles, it will begin in 2023 and will serve as the basis for the next Peugeot e-3008, for example. For its part, FCA has also prepared the ground. The “Giorgio” base of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio / Giulia will also accommodate electric versions, in particular for the next Maserati Levante and Quattroporte.
Despite these two platforms, there is a difference in targets, says ClubAlfa. PSA vehicles will not exceed 250 kW of power (340 hp), too little to meet the needs of high-end models from Maserati or large SUVs from Dodge. The FCA base therefore remains legitimate, especially as it will also supply the start-ups Faraday Future and Seres. It remains to be seen whether the future DS SUV, based on the Aero Sport Lounge concept, will use the FCA platform.
If everything remains to be confirmed by official announcements from the two manufacturers, three platforms should coexist within Stellantis. The philosophy would thus be close to that of the Volkswagen group. At the latter, the MEB is used for vehicles in the C and D segments, the PPE for large premium models and the J1 for sports cars like the Taycan.